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James N Zahniser
Title: Post Doctoral Research Associate
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Morphological and molecular systematics of the leafhopper subfamily Deltocephalinae including: 1) Higher level relationships among tribes and family-group classification; 2) description of new taxa of Deltocephalinae; 3) phylogeny and historical biogeography of the grassland tribe Chiasmini; 4) generic level revision and reclassification of the tribe Athysanini.
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Zahniser, J.N. and C.H. Dietrich. 2013. A review of the tribes of Deltocephalinae (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae). European Journal of Taxonomy 45: 1-211.
Zahniser, J.N. & M.W. Nielson. 2012. An extraordinary new genus and three new species of Acostemmini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) from Madagascar with comments on the morphology and classification of the tribe. Zootaxa 3209: 28-52.
Zahniser, J.N. and C.H. Dietrich. 2010. Phylogeny of the leafhopper subfamily Deltocephalinae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) based on molecular and morphological data with a revised family-group classification. Systematic Entomology 35: 489-511.

Zahniser, J.N. 2008. Seven new species and new distributions of Old World Chiasmini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae), with a redescription, key to genera, and species checklist for the tribe. Zootaxa 1808: 1-32.
Fletcher, M.J. and J.N. Zahniser. 2008. The first record of Goniagnathini from Australia with description of four new species of Goniagnathus Fieber (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae). Zootaxa 1692: 43-54.

Zahniser, J.N. and M.D. Webb. 2004. Placement of the Faltala Oman leafhopper group (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) with descriptions of three new species. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 97(4):667-674.
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Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 2008, Entomology

M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 2003, Entomology

B.S. Penn State University, State College, PA, 1998, Biology

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